Alex Trebek was bornon 22 July 1940 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, Canadian, American, is American-Canadian television personality. George Alexander “Alex” Trebek is the host of the highly popular game show ‘Jeopardy!’ that he has been hosting since 1984. ‘Jeopardy!’ is a television game show in which the contestants are presented with general knowledge clues for which they have to form the questions. Trebek was selected to host its syndicated version and proved to be a very capable host. Prior to hosting this game show, he had hosted several other shows like ‘Pitfall’ and ‘The Wizard of Odds’. As a college student he decided to study philosophy though he realized over the duration of his course that he wanted to pursue a career in journalism. He began his professional life as a newscaster and broadcaster for CBC where he specialized in national news. Even though very successful as a newscaster he eventually shifted over to hosting game shows. A native of Canada, he hosted the Canadian quiz show ‘Reach for the Top’ for seven years before moving to the U.S. to further his career. One of his initial jobs in the U.S. was to host the new game show, ‘The Wizard of Odds’. He reached the heights of success when chosen to host the syndicated version of the game show ‘Jeopardy!’ for which he has won several Daytime Emmy Awards.
He created history in 1991 when he became the first person in American broadcast history to host three game shows at the same time—‘Jeopardy!’, ‘Classic Concentration’, and ‘To Tell the Truth’
He has been hosting the syndicated version of the game show since 1984 and is expected to retire in 2016
During 1977-78 he hosted the second season of ‘The $128,000 Question’
He was in the show for its two runs—from 1974-76, and 1978-80, and also in its syndicated season during 1975-76
Even though his role as a newscaster was much appreciated, he changed gears and became the host of the Canadian quiz show ‘Reach for the Top’ in 1966 in which teams of high school students competed against each other
He went to the University of Ottawa to study philosophy and received his degree in 1961
As a young boy he went to Jesuit schools and graduated from Lisgar Collegiate Institute in 1957